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ULTIMATE GUIDE TO BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK PLAYGROUND & MORE

INSIDE: 9 SUPER COOL Fun Things to Do with Kids at Brooklyn Bridge Park Playground, including Activities and Events.  

Below the Brooklyn Bridge, and the must visit BROOKLYN BRIDGE PEDESTRIAN WALKWAY on the Brooklyn side of the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge Park has TONNES of fun stuff for kids.

If you are looking for things to do in Brooklyn with kids, pop the BEST Brooklyn Bridge Park Playground Finds on your list.

You could spend an entire 1 day itinerary in New York walking from Pier 6 back around to Pier 1 (on the left hand side of the bridge), then:

  • under the bridge around to the Empire Fulton Ferry Park
  • to Jane’s Carousel, and
  • finish up at the Mainstreet Park playground.

Find all the details of this epic adventure below. 

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Enter via the Brooklyn Bridge Pedestrian Walkway

Use Squibb Park and Bridge (picture above) as your vital access point to the park.

The bridge’s proximity to public transportation offers park visitors a route to Brooklyn Bridge Park that is convenient and with epic skyline views of New York City.

If you are looking for things to do with kids in Brooklyn, or things to do near Brooklyn Bridge Park in particular, make this your first stop.

Do visit all the Brooklyn Bridge park playground finds and your kids will think you are the bees knees!


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4 BEST Brooklyn Bridge Park Playgrounds!

Where to begin?

How about the best part of Brooklyn Bridge park for kids?

Are you ready, set, go for a tonne of fun at these four playgrounds for kids?

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No.1: Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6

The Nature Play Playground at Brooklyn Bridge Pier 6 has five main areas:

  • Sandbox Village (the largest sandpit in New York City)
  • Water Lab.
  • Marsh Garden
  • Slide Mountain, and
  • Swing Valley. (Oh, playground planners – we love you!)

Pier 6

Equipment at the Pier 6 Playground

The sandpit has cute wooden houses, and a wooden train play equipment, making it the coolest playground in New York for toddlers.

There’s a TWO STOREY twisty slide built into the hill, and jungle gyms too.

Pier 6 playground can be found at Atlantic Ave and Furman St, Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Best of all, it’s FREE!

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Brooklyn Bridge Park Water Lab

On warm days, The Water Lab is open every day from 10 am to dusk.

This Brooklyn water park is popular so go early.

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No.2: Brooklyn Bridge Park Playground at Pier 5

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5 has two playgrounds for kids of all ages.

At Pier 5 Brooklyn, you can grab an icecream at Ample Hills Creamery waterfront stand.

Try before you buy as they offer a sampling of 10 flavors of ice cream.

There’s also a variety of beverages, baked goods, and snacks at the food concession adjacent to the Pier 5 sports fields and Picnic Peninsula.

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No.3 – Brooklyn Bridge Park Playground at Pier 2

Brooklyn Bridge Pier 2 has a set of swings with the world’s best view of the NYC skyline.

Line up for a ride now.

Pier 2 is also home to five acres of:

  • basketball
  • handball
  • ping pong and bocce
  • over half an acre of play turf
  • fitness equipment
  • swing sets and
  • picnic tables

Not to mention FREE seasonal kayaking programs.

Roller Skates (or 11)

Hot tip: Brooklyn Bridge Park Skating

Xanadu fans and Roller Derby fans will love there’s a ROLLER RINK at Pier 2 too!

Brooklyn Bridge park roller skating is open for public skates.

The opening hours for public skating change daily. Find out more here. 

There’s FREE public skating from 3.30pm to 6pm on Monday and Friday, and 10-12pm on Sunday.

  • Admission is $6 during the week, and $9 on weekends.
  • Skate rental if required is $7 with skate mate rental at $6

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No.4 – Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1

Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1 has a playground for toddlers and preschoolers.

While you are here, Lizzmonade Brooklyn serves grab and go fresh, artisanal lemonades that are made to order.

Yum!

Jane's Carousel. Brooklyn Bridge Park

MORE THINGS TO DO IN BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK

No.1 – Fulton Ferry Landing

Between Pier 1 and Bridge is The Fulton Ferry Landing pier under the Brooklyn Bridge at the foot of Old Fulton Street is one of Brooklyn’s most historic sites, marking the location of the first ferry service between Brooklyn and Manhattan in 1642.

It’s the home of the original Brooklyn ice cream factory, Ample Hills Creamery.

This iconic ice cream shop can be found in the Fire Boat House (1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201)

The original location, in a landmark fireboat house on the Fulton Ferry Pier, features one of most sweeping views in America.

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No.2: Brooklyn Bridge Carousel

Take the kids on a ride of Jane’s Carousel Brooklyn Bridge Park at Empire Fulton Ferry.

The Brooklyn Bridge Carousel is located in the DUMBO section of The Brooklyn Bridge Park, on the East River, between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.

The Carousel is easily accessed from Park entrances at Dock Street or Main Street as you walk along the Brooklyn Bridge promenade.

It’s open 11am to 7pm in the summer, and 11am to 6pm in the winter.

Tickets are just $2 per ride, and children under 3 are free with a paying adult.

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No.3: Mainstreet Park Playground & Environmental Education Center

Main street playground is nautically-inspired playground.

There’s a GIANT sailing ship, with lots of stairs to climb, and a boat-shaped sandpit for kids too.

Visit the Environmental Education Center at Main Street during after-school hours or anytime on weekends for fun hands-on activities for kids.

There’s multiple interactive elements including:

  • an East River Aquarium
  • a Discovery Station with a 10’ scale model of the park that offers an in-depth look at the park’s ecology, history, and sustainable design.

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No.4: Dumbo Cliffs at Brooklyn Bridge Park Brooklyn

The Dumbo Cliffs are the spot for rock climbing kids!

These climbing structures are one of the best Brooklyn Bridge park activities we’ve found.

At $10 for a whole day pass, including shoe hire, it’s one of those locals-only experiences you can join in to make your NYC trip with kids even more fun.

DUMBO Boulders is located under the Manhattan Bridge in iconic Brooklyn Bridge Park on the DUMBO waterfront.

Take the F to York St. or the A/C to High St.

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No.5: Spark Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Visit SPARK by Brooklyn Children’s Museum.

SPARK is a new “Build it, make it, touch it” art and play space located in Brooklyn Bridge Park at 1 John Street Dumbo.

Drop in play sessions are from 1pm daily. $15 per child. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Take the Subway – F to York Street, A/C to High Street or 2/3 at Clark Street.

John Street is north of the Manhattan Bridge at a dramatic bend in the East River.

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No.6: Brooklyn Bridge Park Pebble Beach

On the Manhattan Bridge Pedestrian Path, Brooklyn (or the Brooklyn Bridge Park greenway as it’s also called), you can find this pebble beach.

It’s behind the Main St playground.

It’s a fab spot for a pic!

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No.7: Brooklyn Bridge Park Soccer

Soccer fans catch watch a game of soccer on Pier 5 at the Pier 5 sports fields.

Locals of all ages play soccer during the Fall season.

You can also drop in at certain times during the week to play a free game of soccer on the fields with your friends.

It’s first come, first served.

Click here for the timetable. 

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No.8: Brooklyn Bridge Park Movies

Brooklyn Bridge park movies are shown for free on the Harbor View Lawn.

Grab some food for dinner from the food trucks:

  • Burgers
  • dumplings
  • pizza
  • venezuelan street food
  • jerk chicken
  • ice cream

Music starts at 6:00 pm, movie begins at sundown.

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BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK EVENTS

There’s always Brooklyn Bridge Park events happening, including:

  • Basketball Clinics
  • Waterfront workouts (Zumba, Broadway dance, pilates, sunrise yoga)
  • Fishing clinics
  • Star gazing
  • Kayak polo
  • Dance workshops
  • Pop up reading rooms
  • Waterfront guided tours
  • Eco friendly green events
  • FREE kayaking

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Where to Eat at Brooklyn Bridge Park?

Looking for food near Brooklyn Bridge Park to feed the hungry hoards?

You can find Brooklyn Bridge Park restaurants all along the Brooklyn Bridge promenade.

Try:

  • The River Cafe beneath the Brooklyn Bridge is a posh landmark eatery with epic views
  • Nearby, pop into Ignazio’s pizza joint for thin crust pies
  • Neighbors Cafe at Pier 2 for upmarket cafe fare
  • The Shake Shack between Empire Fulton Ferry Park and Pier 1 playground
  • Grimaldi’s Pizzeria is in the same place. It serves brick oven pies and calzones.
  • Fornino at Pier 6 serves wood fired pizza and artisanal sodas – kids love it!

The Best Brooklyn Bridge Park Ice Cream?

#1 Ample Hills Creamery is located at Pier 5. Stop in for scoops of gourmet artisanal ice cream.

#2 Ample Hills Creamery Fire Boat House is located near Pier 1 at 1 Water Street, Brooklyn. This flagship scoop shop is in a former fireboat station.

Coming soon! The Brooklyn Bridge Park Pool 2019

There’s a permanent public pool coming soon to Brooklyn Bridge park, to be placed in Squibb Park.

Details coming as soon as they are available.

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THE INSIDE SCOOP: Visit Brooklyn Park New York

Correct at time of publication on Roam the Gnome. Please check with venue for updates. We apologise in advance if there have been any changes we are unaware of. All prices in US dollars, unless otherwise stated

Address: 334 Furman Street Brooklyn, NY 11201
Telephone: Call 718-222-9939

Brooklyn Bridge Park Opening Hours

The Brooklyn Bridge Park hours are:

  • Pier 2: 6am-11pm
  • Pier 5: 6am-11pm
  • Pier 6 Volleyball Courts: 6am-11pm
  • Squibb Park & Bridge: 6am-11pm
  • Playgrounds are open dawn to dusk
  • The remainder of the park is open 6am-1am

It’s managed by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy.

Brooklyn Bridge Cost

Entry to Brooklyn Bridge park is free, including access to playgrounds.

Fees apply at different sports activities, along with entry to museums, the carousel etc.

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How to get to Brooklyn Bridge Park 

Wondering how do you get to Brooklyn Bridge park? Or need directions to Brooklyn park?  Details here.

By Bus: B25 – Fulton Ferry Landing, B63 – Loop road on Pier 6, B61 – Atlantic Ave. & Hicks St. and B67 – Jay St. & York St.

By Subway: A C – High Street; F – York Street; 2 or 3 – Clark Street, R – Court Street, 2,3,4 or 5 – Borough Street

By Ferry:  Catch the Citywide Ferry or the Governors Island Ferry to Brooklyn Bridge Park.

By Bike: Visit the biking page for directions, rental information, and more resources.

Brooklyn Bridge Park parking

Parking near Brooklyn Bridge Park is very limited.

We highly recommend taking public transportation, biking or walking to the park.

Limited and metered Brooklyn Bridge parking is available on Furman Street near Pier 2.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Map

Facilities at Brooklyn Bridge Manhattan

Bathrooms: Park Restrooms are located at Pier 1, Pier 2, Pier 6, Squibb Park, 99 Plymouth at Main Street and in Empire Stores.
Nearest takeaway coffee and food options: There are food and drink outlets at Pier 6 and 5, and Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory at Fulton Ferry Landing.
Disability access: Yes
Shade: Some shade depending on the area you are in. Some picnic tables have shade covers.
Enclosed: Some play areas are enclosed.
Ground cover: Grass, rubber, concrete paths
Picnic tables: Yes
Electric BBQs: Try Pier 5 at Picnic Peninsula
Water Bubblers/fountains: Yes, water fountains for refilling your drink bottles can be found at most piers.
Scooters and Bikes: Yes. Bike racks throughout park at Piers 6, 5 and 2, Empire Fulton Ferry, Main Street and John street.
Dogs: On leash only. Click here for dog runs in the park.

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